Survey finds sharp increase in teen use of HGH


Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 3:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 3:01 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A major national survey finds disconcerting data about teen use of performance enhancing drugs.

The survey by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids finds experimentation with human growth hormones by America's teens more than doubled in the past year as young people strove to boost their athletic performance and improve their looks.

The large-scale survey finds 11 percent of students reported using synthetic HGH at least once — up from about 5 percent in the past four surveys. Teen use of steroids increased from 5 percent to 7 percent.

Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, says it's alarming but not surprising, given the extensive online marketing of performance-enhancing substances and lack of drug testing for high school athletes.

Partnership President Steve Pasierb says high school coaches have a key role, but while some are vigilant, perhaps a third only care about winning.


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304-c-14-(David Crary, AP correspondent)-"to 11 percent"-AP correspondent David Crary reports a new report released by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids shows more teens are experimenting with human growth hormones. (22 Jul 2014)

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